As King Chapman's magic show wraps up, you can tell people are getting ready for the big
reveal -- the books.
A few people are wandering to the other end of the store, where the checkout counter is. A few children are showing signs of fatigue. After all, it's approaching midnight. This may be the first time they've been up this late. (For that matter, some of their parents may normally be asleep by now.)
Thirty minutes to go.